Scale (ratio) facts for kids
The scale of a map shows the ratio between the distances on the map and the corresponding distances in reality. For example, a map of scale 1:50,000 shows a distance of 50,000 cm (or 500 m) as 1 cm on a map. A 1:25 scale model of a building with a height of 30 m has a model height of 1.20 m.
Scale bars for microscopic or unusual objects are necessary. They help readers to understand the diagram.
Images for kids
Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man illustrates the ratios of the dimensions of the human body; a human figure is often used to illustrate the scale of architectural or engineering drawings.
Scale (ratio) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.